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September 15, 2020

Diving Deeper into Hair Loss – The Reasons and The Remedies You Should Know About

August may have been designated as National Hair Loss Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped worrying about the causes and potential treatments that even we, ourselves, are facing. 


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Most people shed 50–100 hairs per day without noticing it.


In part one of our series on hair loss, we covered causes and a few potential at-home treatments, but we wanted to learn more about stress-related hair loss as well as the in-office procedures that can minimize it going forward.


The COVID Connection


Dr. Craig Ziering, Board Certified Dermatologist, founder of Ziering Medical, and a celebrity hair transplant surgeon, explains that severe illness accompanied by high fevers can trigger hair loss. “It is clear that COVID is a culprit for hair loss,” he says, “especially when a patient has no genetic predisposition for hair loss but is experiencing increased hair shedding.” The work-from-home (WFH) environment along with increasing dependence on distance learning as well as social isolation contribute to spikes in hormones, triggering hair loss. 


Dr. Craig L. Ziering
Dr. Craig L. Ziering, Expert Hair Transplant Surgeon and Artist


“Nothing is the same or normal right now,” Dr. Ziering says, “and our bodies respond accordingly, even if we don’t have the virus itself.” Prolonged stress has both psychological and physiological effects, and “daily stress delays the body’s ability to heal itself and affects other cellular functions when it experiences trauma or sickness.”


Feed Your Body to Feed Your Hair


Dr. Ziering recommends “a healthy, well-balanced diet that’s rich in protein and green leafy vegetables to promote hair health and growth.


Diet is one thing the experts agree upon. What we consume impacts our body’s overall health, and Dr. Ziering recommends “a healthy, well-balanced diet that’s rich in protein and green leafy vegetables to promote hair health and growth.” Foods like salmon that are rich in iron, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A and C promote hair growth. He also recommends including, “avocados and a range of nuts as well as healthy oils” to get sufficient vitamin E.


Topicals and Medications to Consider


If dietary changes aren’t giving you the desired results, you’ve probably researched topical treatments to manage your hair loss. Rogaine, also known as minoxidil, is a popular choice, as are numerous medications, such as Finasteride. According to Dr. Ziering, “Minoxidil has been one of the most popular and effective topical treatment options to treat male pattern baldness since its FDA approval. Combined with other substances or actives [like laser therapy],” he says, “it can be even more effective and longer lasting.” Dr. Ziering’s Formula Z83M is “a customized compound prescription that contains Minoxidil, Retinoic Acid, and inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-androgen [testosterone-blocking] ingredients to help stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss for both men and women.” 


Maybe You Need a Specialized Shampoo


You know what estrogen and testosterone are, but you’ve probably never heard of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It primarily causes male pattern baldness, but an estimated 30 million women suffer DHT-related hair loss, too. This hormone causes hair follicles to shrink, which is why Philip B. , one of Hollywood’s most in-demand haircare specialists, suggests implementing a two-phase shampooing process.


He recommends using a shampoo that initially removes scalp oils and then “using a shampoo that’s formulated with ketoconazole to reduce the levels of DHT on the scalp.” The double-cleansing process – something you may already be doing when you wash your face – allows the targeted DHT-product to work more effectively.


Tips for Choosing the Best Hair Restoration Provider


Hopefully, you’re already in the habit of selecting medical professionals based on their expertise and credentials. Dr. Ziering points out that “hair loss is a progressive health disorder,” and patients need to take a long-term view of the practice or doctor who will best serve them over the years during various changes and stages in their disorder. Your doctor should provide the best range of procedures, non-invasive and surgical treatments, and be able to monitor your progress and condition because hair loss can be an ongoing problem. He stresses that the medical team “needs to be progressive, dynamic and result-oriented.” 


Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei

What to Expect During a Hair Loss Consultation 


When you arrive for your consultation, your doctor will focus on finding the cause of your hair loss. “Patients answer screening questions to determine how long they have been experiencing hair loss, which enables me to isolate the factors that may be causing it,” says Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ben Talei. Physical signs may not tell the whole story, so a thorough medical overview may be necessary. “In those instances,” Dr. Ziering adds, “a laboratory analysis, a detailed family health history, and additional diagnostic procedures” may be involved. Both Dr. Ziering and Dr. Talei emphasize that women should have their thyroid levels checked as it may be the cause of hair thinning and/or loss. Bloodwork and skin biopsies may also be required. 


Patience Really is a Virtue



In this instant gratification society, waiting for results can be difficult. Dr. Ziering reminds patients that “topicals and lesser invasive non-surgical options often require up to six months before visible results and new growth occur.” Sadly, patients often stop treatment prematurely because they aren’t properly informed about hair growth patterns. Hair grows in cycles, and both physical trauma and stress can disrupt those cycles, causing hair to go dormant for a period of time. So, if you’re just beginning treatment, keep a realistic time frame in mind, so you can truly gauge its effectiveness.

Tracy Ann Teel is a full-time freelance writer and the owner of Finesse Writing and Editing LLC. She’s a tutorial writer for San Francisco Globe’s beauty platform,, covering everything from skin and hair care to makeup and nail art. She writes for skincare companies, dermatologists, and cosmetic surgeons, and proudly taught at her MFA alma mater, the University of California Irvine, as a member of their adjunct faculty in English. She’s been a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall, been recognized three consecutive years in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has written professionally for 30+ years. Her poetry chapbook Such Dust was published by Finishing Line Press, and her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Pearl, Kaleidoscope, and Lake Arrowhead Life.



This article is so informative and important to remember that while the products we use are vital, there is so much more to the cause of hair loss.

Having had post-partum (temporary) hair loss was a shocker, on top of the post-baby body. I have family members who suffer from thyroid-related hair loss as well. For women hair loss is twice as devastating on the psyche as it is for men. Alopecia areata (female pattern hair loss) and alopecia universalis (total hair loss...everywhere) have no cure, but some of the good doctor's suggestions can help stave off lost locks.

I believe, once we’ve worked hard at changing our diets to cleaner choices, reducing stress by meditating, we can then seek Doctors out for help. Just like any other life changes, it takes time. Using the right hair treatments (product lines)are a must, so be diligent on your research!

Cool article ! :)

Knowledgeable article! Avocado is amazing for your hair. Like the article states the healthier you eat the more you hair will be luxurious and smooth

"you are what you eat" is sooo accurate. It is SO important to be mindful of the foods we eat and the products we use. Whether it's hair, skin, nails, etc.